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  • Friday, September 18, 2015
    Mason Hicks 09/18/15 07:42 AM,
    Courtesy of Universal Audio.   If you ask a handful of engineers how they approach recording acoustic guitars, you’re likely to get at least a handful of different answers (provided they’re willing to divulge). This is because so many factors play a part in capturing an acoustic guitar: the room, playing style, body size, recording environment, the player’s skill level, etc. All things considered, however, most engineers will tell you the real secret to recording acoustic guitar is simple: stereo… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallMicrophoneSignalStudio

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015
    Casey Campbell 09/16/15 11:02 AM,
      Kick drum and bass guitar are infamous for competing for the same audible space in a mix, yet it’s usually desireable for there to be separation between the two.  Here are several techniques to get you headed in the right direction. 1. Change the position of the microphone on the kick drum. Often the bass guitar is more boomy, so push the kick mic deeper into the drum, nearer to the beater head. This will give it more “click,”… View this story
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    Mark Frink 09/16/15 06:31 AM,
    Years ago, drum sounds were created with a narrow, well-defined selection of standard microphones and console EQ, plus outboard gates, reverbs and a few compressors, and then spending an inordinate amount of time adjusting it all while each drum was hit repeatedly. In the recording studio, this can take weeks, but for live sound it’s compressed into a day at the tour’s beginning, and no more than an hour a day while on the road. Digital consoles have changed the… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEducationEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementStudioSystem

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    James Cadwallader 05/22/15 08:02 AM,
    Everyone agrees with the idea that you point the microphone at what you want it to pick up. But there’s another side to the coin: pointing the mic away from what you don’t want. This perspective applies both for using a particular polar pattern to eliminate undesired pickup or miking unconventionally to find a desired sound. Take drum miking. Snare bleed in the hi-hat mic can blur the snare in the mix, especially for those drummers who know how to… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundFeatureBlogStudy HallEngineerMicrophoneSignalSound ReinforcementTechnician

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Bobby Owsinski 04/16/15 02:13 PM,
    This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski.   As any electric string instrument player knows, there are a number of different types of pickups, and within each category there’s a tremendous variation in possible tone. This excerpt from The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook explains the nine factors that affect how a pickup sounds. The next time you’re in the market for one, keep these in mind so you can better tailor the pickup to your needs. ———————————————- Just like most… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallAnalogInterconnectMixerProcessorSignalStudio

  • Friday, April 10, 2015
    Bruce A. Miller 04/10/15 02:12 PM,
    This article is provided by   Once upon a time I was doing the typical thing of going with what I was told worked or what I watched the engineers I had assisted do.  Specifically, I was recording piano with a pair of matching microphones in an XY pattern around the hammers. I knew about many approaches (another mic at the far end of the piano and then pan that mic over to the bass side of the stereo… View this story
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  • Friday, April 03, 2015
    PSW Staff 04/03/15 07:57 AM,
    The new Radial Engineering  JDI stereo passive direct box is now shipping. The first unit was delivered to the Commodore Ballroom, a music venue in Vancouver. “The new stereo JDI allows the Commodore to offer yet another high quality Radial DI option to our visiting engineers and artists,” states Paul Way, front of house at the Commodore. “A stereo solution in a single package, very useful on a crowded stage or pedal board.” The JDI stereo passive direct box includes… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundChurch SoundManufacturerSignalStageStudio

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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    PSW Staff 03/31/15 03:44 PM,
    CAD Audio is expanding its CADLive line with a number of new vocal and instrument microphones. The new CADLive D32 is a supercardioid dynamic handheld vocal mic with a proprietary QuietTouch on/off switch, with a neodymium capsule design making it very well suited for live sound applications. The 3-pack D32X3 is outfitted with carry case and mic clips Also a supercardioid dynamic handheld, the new CADLive D38 is outfitted with a neodymium capsule and is designed to deliver exceptional accuracy… View this story
    Filed in: AVLive SoundChurch SoundNewsProductAVMicrophoneSound ReinforcementStage

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    PSW Staff 03/25/15 02:20 PM,
    To commemorate the 150th Birthday of famed Danish composer Carl Nielsen, Denmark-based Dacapo Records is releasing The Nielsen Project, a collection of Nielsen’s symphonies and concertos as performed by the New York Philharmonic. During production, TimbreMusic Tonemeister Mikkel Nymand, recording engineer on the project, utilized DPA Microphones d:dicate 4015S wide cardioid and 4006A omnidirectional mics to accommodate the unique audio requirements at Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and to achieve a natural quality of the live ensemble. Fisher Hall has… View this story
    Filed in: Live SoundRecordingNewsEngineerMicrophoneSignalStudio

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    Jon Tidey 03/25/15 12:12 PM,
    This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.   Acoustic guitars are one of the most dynamic and expressive instruments used in modern music. They have a broad frequency range covering almost the entire audible spectrum. The instrument can serve many different roles in an arrangement as a harmonic, melodic, or percussive element. All of these factors will affect how you approach both the recording and mixing acoustic guitars. Context The first thing to do is think about its role… View this story
    Filed in: RecordingFeatureBlogStudy HallConsolesEngineerMixerProcessorSignalStudio